Hundreds of thousands of Catholics participated in Laudato Si’ Week May 16 – 25 to celebrate six years of progress bringing to life Pope Francis’ letter Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. Pope Francis invited Catholics to participate in Laudato Si’ Week which was sponsored by the Vatican and facilitated by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) in cooperation with many partners. This year’s theme was “for we know that things can change” (LS#13).
Official events included three global Laudato Si’ Dialogues that engaged on challenging issues and can still be viewed online—creating change ahead of the UN conferences on climate change and biodiversity in the fall, bringing Laudato Si’ into education, as well as raising awareness on energy, fossil fuel divestment and ethical investment.
On May 17th, 36 faith institutions from 11 countries announced their divestment from fossil fuels including seven Catholic dioceses from the UK and Ireland. GCCM Canada held a series of webinars in April and May on eco-investment which are available for viewing online along with related resources.
Several initiatives for prayer and action were launched during Laudato Si’ Week. In response to a worsening ecological crisis and climate emergency, GCCM launched the Creation Care Prayer Network “to help heal our suffering common home”. The network brings together religious and lay contemplative communities making a public commitment to pray for creation on an ongoing basis and at key moments. The Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition and the Vatican’s ambitious Laudato Si’ Action Platform were also launched.
Find out more about these last two initiatives by reading the next blog Time to “be compassionate, creative and courageous”
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